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A King's Plaything.
Amusing, But Dangerous.
The Kaiser Is Busy.
The father of Frederick the
Great said to the tutor of his sons
"Always teach the young princes
that a kill? gets his glory and in
terest in life only from the sword,"
or words to that effect.
In peace life is rather dull for
an "All Highest," but in war every
moment is of blissful importance
until the time comes to wake up.
Consider the Kaiser, see how
busy he is.
Erery day like a PrussianHttle
Jack Horner" he telegraphs to the
Empress praise of himself, say
ing, "See what a good boy am I."
He sends to Hlndenburg the Iron
cross with the gold rays plain
iron sot quite good enough.
He appoints his oldest son chief
of the Grenadiers, adding modestly,
"The brave and war-proved regi
ment will always be worthy of its
princely chief." His fourth son,
August Wilhelm, he makes prefect
at Pottsdam training him for a
"vice regal post in Lithuania or
Ho has picked out kingdoms and
principalities for all his boys at
the expense of other nations. No
use blaming him. He has been
taught all Jils life what Frederick
was taught by his father, that
princes should help themselves.
carving with the sword what they J
neea out or otter people s pockets.
The Kaiser telegraphs the
Krupps praising the gun that
shoots seventy miles, sending "my
imperial thanks for this achieve
ment of German science and
labor" the proud achievement
being a machine that kills, seventy
miles away, children that have not
harmed the owner of the gun.
Having congratulated the
makers of the perfected murder
machine the Kaiser tells von
Ludendorff that he is grieved by
the sorrows of others and "has
been deeply depressed by the ter
rible devastation."
He adds, "How glad we should
be that our country has been
spared such terrible things."
If the energy of the United
States could be expressed, as it
should be, in flying machines drop
ping dynamite, the Kaiser would
change that particular tune.
Yon read of great crowds sing
ing in the Berlin streets, celebrat
ing Prussian victory.
Ten thousand flying machines
over tneir neaos would make them
celebrate in the cellars, and give
the Kaiser a chance to do soma
grievisg-athome. ,-
Let us still hope that the -flying
-machines wfllTe made SOME day;
and the devastation that touches
the Kaiser's heart carried intop
The country is slow, but it is not
absolutely petrified and will prob
ably do something soma time.
Very gay while it lasts is the
life of a Kaiser, once the sword is
drawn and dripping with blood.
Dynamite explodes, bullets whistle,
but the sacred person handing out
iron crosses and platitudes is at a
safe distance.
He and his family are well fed,
unhurt No wonder they think
Frederick the Great's father a
wise old man who said that the
sword is the king's only satisfac
tory plaything.
For the rest of the world 0"t
side of the Prussian blood puddle
there is no goort news.
The sinkings by submarines are
worse than ever.
The allies still fall back their
marvelous courage is the one
bright spot.
Very Inspiring is the calmness
and courage of tie French, led by
the old fighter, Clemenceau,
Victor Hugo said when Napoleon
j 11 appeared in tne nat of the real
Napoleon, "It's the same hat. but
not the same head."
The PYench know that the Hoh
enzollern they are dealing with has
the same name as the great Fred
erick but It Isn't the same head.
Clemenceau says contemptuous
ly of tho Kaiser's seventy-mile can
non, "It's a political cannon." And
bo It Is, Intended to frighten France
with the wonderful things that Ger
many can do.
The Kaiser complains of the
"obstinate English" that refuse to
admit defeat when he has defeated
them theoretically He complains
Ida nf thth nhcflniifii EVamM. "tl&,a
I whlfj " as he nretlllv nut If Thnu
same Frenchmen, at this moment,
are driving bayonets Into Prussians
that will never again see Trussla,
and with an energy that indicates
- a few remaining -ed corpuscles.
The sword IS a very amusing
plaything for a king. A razor
may be as amosing plaything for
a child, but it u dangerous.
Let the All Hiphest, who calls
God his partner -n murder, and
the Crown Prbiea, who so anx
iously waited "or the day," enjoy
themselvet while they may.
German in the, long run will
take care of them. They are
starving children, killing and
maiming -ifllains of men.
They v. ill pay the bill, for God
is not a I rusilan, and justice does
exist .
The ncTfs
m the west front
is Dleas
it Prussian news just
now. tf tee day is not lar dis
tant wh. l tfce surviving Hohen
zollerns illbe working for a liv
ipg, not jUawg with the sword.
Fair today and prob
ably toraorrowi Httlo tem
perature cbana-e. Tem
perature at 8 a. m 3S
average temperatnre for
March 29 (or Iat tatrtr
yean, 46 degrees.
NUMBER 10.482.
PARIS, March 29 General Pershing in a conference with French officials at
the front yesterday asked in his own and his country's name that the .entire
American forces in France be engaged in the present battle, the war office
position of
Clemenceau and General Petain
(CoprrtsM. 1IU, bjr New Tort Etmuut Port
Whenever something goes wrong
with the war machine, inevitably the
critics assail the executive branches
of the Government. Somebody is a
pacifist or hasn't his heart in the
war or is temperamentally unfit or
hasn't been a Republican or a Dem
ocrat or a business man or some
thing else.
Congress is such a complicated
and so often an invisible affair that
the Senate and House can go along
wasting their time on irrelevant
matters at the expense of urgently
needed legislation without much be
ing said about it.
No One Responsible.
Moreover there Is no particular per
son to hold responsible, therefore no
one is held responsible.
But the neglect of Important lesis
latlon In the last few weeks Is on
of the most depressing thing's about
the ability of our democracy to com
pete with the smooth working- ma
chinery ok our enemies.
Most people Imagine, for Instance,
that when the Attorney General asked
fdr legislation three months ago to
punish female spies for the female
of the species is more deadly than
the mals that Congress would, of
course, not hesitate to grant the re.
But the bills are still pending and
even If a woman spy were caught she
could not be given sever punishment.
Dills Still Fending.
Most people hnagine when the ex
ecutive branch of the Government ap
peals to Congress to glre it suffic
ient law to punish pro-Germans en
gaged in insidious efforts to Interfere
with the sale of Liberty Bonds that
of cours such legislation would be
promptly passed. But bills amend
ing the esplonagt act to cover such
cases are still pending. And the
Liberty Loan campaign opens on
April 6th. The request was made in
Most people Imagine that If a man
nut Kntnka na a ,.! a a
carWTnr Am. !c bv." tT'yeaw old. Some time ago he Joined
and he Is caught doing this that of
n,uunoura on i-age z, column 6.) I
10,282 Lines of Advertising (37 Cola.)
Over the Corresponding Day (March 29) Last Year.
fflre 'Itotaflfon Wm IRBfty
today. Pershing said
the French. He made his request of General Foch, while Premier
Washington. Flyer
Killed in Ita,ly
Fhsts by Harris Ewlnr.
His death, 'after an airplane accident
in Italy, has been reported
to his brother here.
FogRlo, Italy.
Eldrldge Jordan, Washington.
Tour brother. Second Lieut.
Marcus Jordan, died this morn
ing, March 27, from wounds con
tracted in an aeroplane accident.
He lived two days, displaying
wonderful nerve. Condition re
quired burial here. Great loss to
his country. extend my deep
sympathy. Details will follow by
FROST. Commanding.
This was the cablegram received
today by Kldrldge E. Jordan, well-
known banker, of Washington, an
nouncing the death In Italy of his
younger brother, Lieut. Marcus A.
Toung Jordan was twenty-three
tha Canadian flying corps, and later
(Continued on rage ., uoiumn -i.j
Maj. Gen. J. Franklin Bell, com
mander of the Seventy-seventh Di
vision of the national army, just
back from France, told the Senate
Military Affairs Committee today
the British withdrawal in the face
of the German drive was prear
ranged. "You may have heard that the
withdrawal of the British was pre
arranged," said General Bell. "That
is true. I knew in a general way
something about their plans which
I learned confidentially while I was
The general stated there was no
objection to the publication of his
statement because the plans had al
ready been carried out
British Prepared.
Tou may have seen that General
Ludendorff said that It took two
months to prepare for tho drive,"
said General Bell. "It took longer.
There seems to be an Impression that
the British were partially Ignorant
of what was going on. That is not
true. I personally knew that the
British made tho best preparation
General Bell described his obser
vation In much detail He told the
committee that General Pershing- has
established schools to train American
officers In the scientific method of
warfare worked out by the British
and French. The utilization of scien
tific methods worked out In the past
three years necessitated the forma
tion of many new organizations of
special troops, ho said.
That the allies, by reason of their
knowledge of German plans and
preparations to meet them, had
whipped the Teutons before the west
drive began, was the declaration of
Maj. Oen. J. Franklin Hell, to the
Senate Military Committee.
The allied withdrawal was based,
he said, upon complete familiarity
with every step of the German prep
aration for the offensive.
"I knew of the British plans In a
general way before I left Franc,"
he said.
He told how each side Is able now
to locate enemy artillery by station
ing obserevrs who listen for the sound
of guns. Six of these listeners report,
and their reports are combined, with
the result that an aerial observer is
enab'td to fly over a certain position
and verify the fact that a gun or
battery is located there.
Forem nemoval.
"Then it Is easy to force the enemy
to move his guns," said General Bell.
"In spite of lavish fire on these po
sitions, the guns themselves are sel
dom destroed."
General Bell declined to state for
publication whether In his opinion
American officers of high command
from 60 to TO years old should be on
active duty abroad.
"Is it not true that there are Ger
man and French officers as old as
this who are furnishing the brains
tConllauai sn Fas 2 CeJumn 8.)
the American army was entirely
were, conferring with Foch.
General Foch May Head
Interallied Army
LONDON, March 29-"Un-der
the pressure of urgent war
necessities it would not be sur
prising if a supreme commander
Via -chief were appointed for the
western front with the hearty ap
proval of Field Marshal Haig
nd General Petain," the Daily
Chronicle stated today.
The appointment of a General
issimo has been under considera
tion for some time and it is un
derstood that a decision has been
hastened by the German offen
sive. It is expected that the post
will go to General Foch, one of
the most brilliant officers in the
French army.
PARIS, March 29. The British and French successes of the last twenty-four hours
have been due directly to the air men. Th'ey have remained in the air for hours at a
time and have directed the guns with a precision that has excelled anything witnessed
to date in the present war. American flyers are participating in this work in the Mont
didier sector.
PARIS, March 29. Many persons were wounded in the explosion of a munition
depot at Laxourneuve, near St Denis, today. The damage was extensive. The explosion
was heard for forty miles and the concussion shattered windows in the center of Paris.
An American Y. M. C. A. ambulance corps was the first to arrive at the scene of
the explosion.
LONDON, March 29. In military circles here it was declared today that Germany
is running short of reserves. This belief is. based on dispatches reporting that Germany
is now calling her naval divisions to the front
LONDON, March 29. German commanders are succeeding in deceiving their
troops into believing that this is the last battle of the war and that peace will follow im
mediately, says a correspondent in Flanders.
"The enemy is being held at all points," was the dispatch from General Bliss read
to the House Military Committee this morning by General March.
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Heavy rafea have begsa, malrfng k riHfimfc for Germans
to brag op anasaakioa ami avpptie ever tie buly cat-up
fields, which are becoa&aff morasses of hhhJ.
PARIS, March 29. The French are.holding firmly th
territory recaptured from the enemy yesterday in the Mont
didier sector, according to the official announcement issued
this afternoon.
In the Montdidier region, despite counter attacks, we
at the dis
hold the villages recaptured
yesterday," says the state
ment "We stormed and captured
Lemontchel and 'repulsed
counter attacks against Ples
sisdenojades. "North of Montdidier the
Anglo - French forces are
holding the enemy on the.
Avre river.
Lemontchel is about two
miles southwest of Mont
didier. The Avre river flows
westwafd through Roye and
passes about three miles north
of Montdidier.
LONDON, March 29. British
forces took a 'number of prisoners
and machine jrnns north of ths
Somme, inflicting heavy losses -on
the enemy, Field Marshal Haljr re
ported today.
"His frequent attacks -with great
determination throughout the day
(Thursday), only Rained our outpost
line's after severe hand to hand
flghtinsr," Haijr said.
"His reserves, sent forward
against battle positions, wera
thrown back everywhere with losses.
"Our own machine jruns, artillery,
and rifles did great execution.
"Our positions were maintained
against strong attacks north of ths
Somme yesterday afternoon and
evening and we gained ground by
successful counter attacks.
"Heavy contiauous flgau&s
, . . &in.

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